Interstitial Cystitis & Bladder Pain Syndrome Treatment
A Guide to Interstitial Cystitis & Bladder Pain Syndrome Treatment in New York, NY
If you suffer from Interstitial cystitis and/or bladder pain syndrome, you know how difficult it can be to live with symptoms day in and day out. Thankfully, there are a number of measures that can be taken to treat IC/BPS in mild, moderate and severe cases. On this page, our medical professionals here at Mitchell Medical Group have put together a resource guide to interstitial cystitis treatment and bladder pain management. Read on to learn more, and reach out to our New York, NY, medical team if we can provide assistance.
What is IC/BPS?
Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a chronic bladder health issue commonly accompanied by bladder pain syndrome (BPS), a condition characterized by mild to severe symptoms of pain and pressure in the bladder area. Medical experts are still not sure exactly what causes IC/BPS, but there are several theories pointing to the condition arising from a number of sources, including a possible defect in the bladder, the presence of a specific type of inflammatory cell called a mast cell, abnormal urine content, changes in the nervous system and an attack by the body’s immune system on the bladder. Learn more about IC/BPS treatment below.
Treatment for IC/BPS
Treatment for IC/BPS is approached on a case-by-case basis depending on the severity of a patient’s symptoms and how he or she responds to certain methods. Typically, treatment is implemented in phases, beginning with the most conservative methods. If these fail to yield results, more intensive procedures will be implemented. Below, you’ll find an outline of the five phases of IC/BPS treatment.
Phase 1: Lifestyle Changes
The first step of IC/BPS treatment is for the patient to implement lifestyle changes. The key is dietary changes that eliminate acidic foods and foods high in sugar- see our blog for examples. Stress can easily trigger attacks so stress management through breathing exercises or meditation is also recommended.
Phase 2: Prescription Drugs
If lifestyle changes fail to yield results, medication may be prescribed to mitigate IC/BPS symptoms. Two drugs—oral pentosan polysulfate and dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO)—are currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat IC/BPS. Other drugs that have shown promising results and may be offered by certain medical providers include hydroxyzine, amitriptyline, and heparin.
Learn More at Mitchell Medical Group
At Mitchell Medical Group, we are proud to offer a number of highly effective holistic and prescription-based treatments for IC/BPS. By helping our patients change their lifestyles, we’ve observed marked symptom reduction in IC/BPS patient groups of all ages and demographics. Visit our Services page to learn more about our medical treatments, and head over to our Blog to read recent posts on IC/BPS management and a host of other medical topics.
For more information on IC/BPS treatment, call 212-397-0157 today!